Rhodes places third, Bobcats finish fifth at KVL golf tournament
The top of the field was crowded at the Kaw Valley League boys golf tournament on Monday.
The Bobcats finished with a four-player score of 343, which was less than six strokes out of first place, but only good enough for fifth place in the league at Hidden Springs Golf Course in Overbrook.
Santa Fe Trail and Tonganoxie tied for first place with respective scores of 337. Santa Fe Trail won based on a tiebreaker because its fifth golfer had a better score than Tonganoxie’s No. 5 golfer.
Mill Valley finished in third place with 341 followed by Bonner Springs with 342.
Nick Rhodes led Basehor-Linwood with an 80 and garnered medalist honors for his third-place finish.
“He has come on as of late and gotten better as the season has gone on,” coach Bruce Courtney said. “He has scored better each time, and yesterday (at league), he put it all together for 18 holes and had a great round.”
In addition, Bobby Courtney finished with an 87. Chris Douglas and Jake Hattock finished with rounds of 88.
Basehor-Linwood also was playing a little shorthanded in the tournament.
The team was without Ryan Fritz, who continues to battle a back injury and is not expected to return to the course this season. The team will compete in the Class 4A regional tournament at Heritage Park on Monday.
“He is missed being part of the team and on the course, as well,” Courtney said. “It is too bad because he had worked to get through the season. He hurt it last fall, and gradually it got worse this spring. He couldn’t do it anymore.”
BLHS golfers need to perform well at regionals in order to be in the mix for a trip to the Class 4A state tournament. Douglas and Courtney will have to turn in low scorers, and other golfers will need to perform well in order to qualify.
“If we come ready to play and play like we are capable of, we can be in the mix for a trip to the state tournament,” Courtney said.
The top two teams will qualify for state, and the next five individual finishers will qualify for state, as well.
Douglas turned in a first-place finish and led the Bobcats to a championship at the Piper Invitational on Wednesday, May 6.
Douglas fired a tournament-best score of 79 to take the gold medal at Dub’s Dread Golf Course.
Courtney supported the BLHS effort with a fifth-place finish. Hattock, Tun De Jong, Gabe Vlasic and Rhodes rounded out the squad.